My apologies again for being so absent the past few months. I have been busy designing entries for Minted’s Design Challenges! The design below, A Day in the Park, won the Judge’s Award a few challenges ago. This invite will be available for purchase in the next few weeks! Yay!
In the meantime, please vote for my other designs in the current, Pre-Wedding Challenge! Thanks so much!!
I am so sorry to have neglected you over the past few months. I have been busy designing day and night! Several freelance jobs have been taking up my extra time, but I promise to be more dedicated to you soon! Check back, I will be posting new work in a few days . . . .
I thought it was so much fun!
1. What is your first name? (jess)
2. What is your favorite food? (anything mexican)
3. What high school did you attend? (jefferson high)
4. What is your favorite color? (lime green)
5. Who is your celebrity crush? (patrick dempsey)
6. Favorite drink? (coffee)
7. Dream vacation? (italy)
8. Favorite desert? (ice cream)
9. What do you want to be when you grow up? (designer)
10. What do you love most in life? (love)
11. One word to descibe you? (caring)
12. Your flickr name? (sublimedesign)
I have to apologize for my serious slacking on the blogging. To make up for it, here are a few logo “face lifts” to check out. Enjoy!
What can I say? I’m in love with Charlotte, NC. The best way I can describe that city is that it has that small town feeling mixed with city life. There were so many cool art galleries, coffee shops (Smelly Cat, haha) cool bars (Ri Ra had a roof top deck that looked over the city), restaurants, boutiques, vintage stores and so much more. The weekend flew by and I can’t wait to plan another trip down south . . . . next time stopping in Charleston too.
Anyway, here is a quick post of a few more logo trends for inspiration . . . .
Tonight is my second meeting with Bryan and Kristin regarding their Save the Date cards! I started with around 20 designs (I think I went a little overboard). We narrowed things down a little and this evening we are reviewing Round 2. I’m pulling for these two:
Tomorrow I am headed to Charlotte, NC to visit my old roommate from college for the long holiday weekend. Charlotte is one of those places that has been on my “need to visit list” and I cannot wait. I hope to visit at least a few of these places from design*sponge’s “Charlotte CIty Guide” list. Happy Labor Day!
In this great find, two of my favorite things in life meet . . . design AND ice cream. eCreamery.com is an online custom ice cream & gelato shop where you choose your own flavors, mix-ins, packaging, even your own ice cream name. They have odd flavors like Avocado, Carrot and Cucumber, but Coffee, Tiramisu, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mousse looked yummy to me. How exciting!
Over the past several months, I have become more and more obsessed with Etsy, a website which focuses primarily on buying and selling handmade items. Sellers have “stores” similar to ebay, where they can list their items for sale. This site is just flat out awesome. I find myself looking for hours at the funky paintings, handmade jewelry, vintage clothes, unique cards and much more. My coworker purchased 8 small, “etsy” paintings for me as a birthday gift and since then I just can’t get enough. I shared the site with my roomie Meg and she immediately bought a painting for her bedroom. She loved the work so much, Meg personally contacted the artist to make 2 more to match! Here are just a few cool things I found today I liked. Enjoy!
This weekend I am heading to Smith Mountain Lake to eat, drink and be merry. On the way down, I’m meeting with Bryan & Kristin to show them several designs I did for their save the dates! Here is a sneak peak! (Note: for privacy, last names have been removed)
What an awesome weekend! Friday, I met with friends of mine, Bryan & Kristin, to begin designing their “save-the-date” cards for their upcoming May wedding. Below are some examples I am using for inspiration. Then, Friday evening, my dear friend Arielle got engaged too! I am so excited!!
A recent post from Logo Design Love sparked my interest. A designer’s worst nightmare is spending hours and hours coming up with a unique design solution, then finding out it’s already been done! Why does this happen? In their words, “It’s becoming more and more difficult to execute original logo designs. No matter how clever your idea, the chances are someone has created a very similar logo. Why is that? We’re all surrounded by the same influences, exposed to the same shapes, forms and patterns. With the importance of branding in the marketplace, and thousands of designers working on similar projects, it’s obvious ideas will, from time-to-time, look almost identical.”
My advice: At the different stages in the design process, stop and think of how you can make what you are doing one of a kind!
Tomorrow I’m heading to the beach (yay)! Before I left town I wanted to share one of my favorite logos. One that is quite appropriate for the occasion.
Designed by Duffy & Partners, the Bahamas logo has been a favorite of mine for quite some time. They did an amazing job with the branding, especially with the challenge of having to include every island. Everything from print ads to water bottles is just stunning!
Hand rendered lettering is the perfect, unique touch for posters, invitations and so much more. Check out these unique pieces!
Being a designer, I am influenced by all aspects of design – especially interior. Here are a few shots of what I hope my office & living space will look like . . . . someday.
Oddee published a listing of some of the coolest business cards around. Check out the unique designs.
COUPLES THERAPY BC:
HEADHUNTER: READ IT AND EAT IT . . . . .
SECOND HAND STORE:
It’s Friday and I am having a horrible time concentrating. The weather is beautiful and I am stuck inside in front on my computer. Poor me. Anyway, today’s post is about the never ending question, “How much should my hourly rate be?”. . . . . a question that I have not found an answer to yet. I had a conversation with a fellow designer friend this morning about this exact problem. She had a new client propose to her the idea of doing freelance design for $17 an hour! (Doesn’t that seem like pennies?) I almost broke out the tissues and started crying. I proceeded to talk my friend out of this situation. This might have been a bad idea, but I feel it is lessening the value of her work. After we got off the phone, I searched online for some help with this situation. Freelance Switch had an online calculator to help suggest a rate. Design Talk Board had some helpful info as well. They cannot make the decision for you, but maybe they will lead you in the right direction!
I was just browsing online today and came across Spray Blog! The community section seems to be the artist’s equivalent of the popular Facebook for college students. You can post your work, add “friends”, read the blog, buy merchandise, browse through portfolios and much more! They also design and market their own clothing and accessory line. Pretty cool site to check out!
Last year I received a notcard/notebook set from a fellow designer for a Christmas gift. The unique cards were designed by Angela Adams and I have been in love ever since! Everything from Angela Adams, from her notecards to her bedding collection, is simply amazing. Rugs, furniture, paper goods, handbags and so much more is availabe on her website for purchase. Check out her lovely designs!
Being creative is the most important part of being a designer. Where do you look for inspiration? I find myself flipping through magazines, making notes for ideas (and by “notes” I mean a million post-its). Sometimes just taking a stroll through Anthropologie triggers the creative process. Lately though, I have found some wonderful inspiration in blogs. Here are a few great ones!
Once again, the greeting card frustration happens. It just so happens that today is my anniversary. I went shopping the other day to pick out a card. There on the stand was the perfect anniversary card ever for Bob and I. However, I opened it up and what did it say inside? “Happy Anniversary to my Husband”! Damn. What do you think I did? I purchased it anyway. Oh well. It still fits (minus the husband thing). Anyway, after doing some research online I found another cool company for cards, Hello! Lucky. They also have cool wrapping paper also.
I came to the realization today that it’s just a disaster for me to go shopping for greeting cards. Being a designer, 99.9% of the time, I do not even read what the card says before I skip over to the next one. If the front is ugly, I don’t even open the card at all. I always judge the design by the cover, sad but true.
I was in a local greeting card shop the other day, and left the store empty handed. All the designs were cheesy, along with sappy rhymes. Yuck. Is it too much for clean, simple design? Not with a million hearts on the cover either. I hate hearts . . . well, most of the time.
Anyway, here are a few of my favorite greeting card resources. Obviously if you wait until the last minute, these might be tough to fine locally, but buy now and give later! (Some advice I should use myself, right?)
The Paper Source has extraordinary greeting cards for all occasions. Very unique, some are handmade, but all are totally awesome. Smudge Ink has pretty snazzy designs as well which can be purchased online. Specialty Cards 4 U makes these adorable paper dress cards! Three Potato Four, another wonderful site, has great paper goods. Not only great greeting cards, but unique housewares, prints and much more!
I have to say, I’m pretty excited about this. I’ve wanted to do a blog for a long time now. Hours of my free time is spent reading and searching through different blogs and websites for design inspiration. I have quite a collection of goodies I’d love to share. Enjoy!